Daily Archives: 2005-02-12

Who is John Galt?

I just finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It’s the first book of hers I read. I’m now at the end of a 1000+ page journey, and I’m left with much to consider. It was a really amazing book. To be so long yet so interesting throughout– it’s amazing. Right now, I can’t even begin to dissect all that I feel about the book. I’m rather in awe, I guess.

I was aware from the start of the book of Rand’s voice in the book. I could feel her manipulating me into seeing her way, viewing her philosophical point as the only one that made sense. While I may not sign my life away as an Objectivist (Rand’s philosophy), I can respect her overwhelming talent and intellect. I bring this up only to really say that one could really get wrapped up in Rand’s beliefs while reading this book– if you aren’t aware of the author’s voice and intent. Still, even as I was aware of it, I would fight this awareness and want to succumb to what seemed the logical answer– the one Rand was so expertly driving me towards.

Hopefully, I’ll have more to say on this later. Needless to say, I have found another person who I believe to be a source of inspiration and respect. For that, I am most grateful.

Free Time… Now what?

So, here I am. I have a weekend, an actual weekend when I am not sick and do not have to work at a second job. I have an urge to do something other than read, clean, grocery shop, do laundry– all the things I have in mind to do. I want to do something fun, like go get lunch with someone or go to a park with someone. I guess i want to do something that doesn’t involve being alone. In that, I guess I am kind of stuck. Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t complain. I have all the free time that I wanted and needed before… I suppose I should be more satisfied. If you can’t change the way things are, the only thing you can do is change your perspective. So that’s what I’m gonna do. Or at least attempt to do. Change of perspective, here I come.